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The North Dakota Safety Council is a private non-profit organization supported through grants, donations and memberships. Our mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. With nearly 1,000 member companies representing all sizes of all industries, the NDSC is an active participant in influencing safe work practices all across North Dakota.

 
Thank You NDSC Members 

New Members as of 
November 1, 2014
Allied Valve, Inc.
Baseload Power Generation Parts & Services, LLC
Enderlin High School
Fort Berthold Housing Authority
G-Style Transport LLC
Harris, Patrick
Intermountain Electric
Northern Tier Oil Transport
Precision Automation
Precision Machine
Univar Oil & Gas
 
Renewing Members as of 
November 1, 2014
Ameripride Services  Inc
Belle Fourche Pipeline
Bismarck Transition Center
Black Gold Consulting
Blasting Solutions, Inc.
Bourgault Industries
Burke Divide Electric
City of Grand Forks
Community Contractors, Inc
Connole & Somerville Plumbing Heating & AC Inc
Consolidated Construction
Dakota Staffing Solutions
Devils Lake Public Schools
Elim Homes Inc
Enderlin High School
Fort Berthold Housing Authority
Forum Communications Co.
Grand Forks Park District
G-Style Transport LLC
Harris, Patrick
In & Out Oilfield Services
Intermountain Electric
JE Transport
Kemper Construction
M J Dalsin Company, Inc.
Mandan Public School District
Mechanical & Ceramic Solutions
Medora Transport Corporation
MMI Excavation
Mongoose Trucking & Hot Shot
ND Association Of Builders
Nemont Telephone
Noble Casing Inc
Northern Plains Railroad, Inc.
Northern Tier Oil Transport
Para-Corp Medical Management
Pump Systems LLC
Schumacher Transportation
Simplex Grinnell
Sletten Excavating
S-O-S, Inc.
Stanley Community School
Storms Construction Inc.
Sun Electric
Susag Sand & Gravel, Inc.
T & T Transport
Trail King Industries
Train ND (Williston State College)
Triple A Construction
Unity Medical Center
Univar Oil & Gas
USDA Natural Resources Conser.
 


 


Flagger Training

 

Registration is now open for the
NDSC’s 42nd Annual Safety & Health Conference
 
November 18, 2014 - Please join us February 3-5, 2015, at the Bismarck Event Center for the largest safety event in this region! Network with more than 1,000 workers whose one goal is to protect North Dakota's workers from injury and death. You’ll learn how to motivate your team, develop leaders, inspire change and communicate more effectively. On top of that, choose from more than 75 technical courses to increase your knowledge and skills.
 
Start your day Tuesday, February 3 with an inspiring message from Keynote David Horsager, a business strategist and author of the national bestseller, The Trust Edge: What Top Leaders Have and 8 Pillars to Build it Yourself. David’s session will focus on the role trust plays in safety leadership and effective safety programs. Learn more about David at http://www.davidhorsager.com/.
 
Wednesday's keynote is Bruce Christopher. Bruce is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of experience as a speaker, trainer and consultant. He will ensure you’re laughing while learning how men and women think, speak and make decisions differently. Learn more about Bruce at  http://bcseminars.com.
 
Plus, there are an additional eight Pre-Conference Sessions Monday, February 2 and we’ll be giving out two prestigious awards during the Ceremony of Champions Closing Session.
 
To learn more about our event, check out our event website or review our 2015 Conference Brochure. Then, register by January 9 to save up to $50 off your registration!


Course Aims to Prepare Drivers
for North Dakota Winter
 
November 11, 2014 – An average of 7,130 people are killed in winter weather crashes every year. To educate drivers on proper winter weather driving techniques, the NDSC is hosting six winter driver safety courses across the state.
 
The Adverse Weather Driving Course makes a great refresher for experienced drivers and is an eye-opener for those who are new to North Dakota’s roads. Key topics include: how to reduce your risk and make better driving decisions; top factors that cause crashes in adverse weather; types of roads and how weather affects them; and vehicle types and winter preparation for when bad weather strikes.
 
The Adverse Weather Driving Courses will be held in Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Williston in early December. Click here for a course schedule and to get registered! For questions, call (800) 932-8890 or email ndsc@ndsc.org.
 

CPWR Translates Safety Materials Into Spanish

November 14, 2014 - The Center for Construction Research and Training (also known as CPWR) is now offering several of its resources in Spanish.

The Spanish-language hazards alert cards address topics such as silica, trenches and aerial lifts. In addition, three animated videos chronicle true stories about a fatal trench collapse, a ladder fall and an electrocution, as well as provide guidance on how to prevent similar incidents.

Other training materials – including "The Day Laborers' Health and Safety Workbook" and the "Trainer's Companion Guide" – and resources for a four-hour hazard communication course – also are available.

More than 2 million Latinos work in the U.S. construction industry, CPWR notes in a press release. Fatal work injuries among Hispanic or Latino workers rose 7 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


More Than 1 In 5 Fatal Crashes Involve Fatigue

November 7, 2014 - Drowsy driving is a factor in more than 1 out of 5 deadly crashes, according to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

More than 6,000 fatigue-related crashes each year result in at least one fatality, researchers said. AAA stated that the report, which used data from 2009 through 2013, highlights the need for drivers to protect themselves and others from drowsy driving – particularly as the holiday season approaches and evening commutes become darker.

According to AAA, warning signs of drowsy driving include:

  • Not being able to recall the past few miles traveled
  • Having disconnected or wandering thoughts
  • Feeling as though your head is heavy
  • Drifting out of the lane, and possibly driving on rumble strips
  • Having difficulty focusing or keeping eyes open
  • Yawning repeatedly
  • Accidentally tailgating other vehicles
  • Missing traffic signs

People who experience any symptoms of drowsy driving should find a safe place to pull over, AAA recommended.

"Despite the fact that 95 percent of Americans deem it 'unacceptable' to drive when they are so tired that they have a hard time keeping their eyes open, more than 28 percent admit to doing so in the last month," Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said in a press release.

To learn how to address driver safety issues such as drowsy driving, contact the NDSC's Traffic Safety Department at (701) 223-6372.


Ebola Control and Prevention Tips from OSHA
 
October 14, 2014 - Currently, most workers in the U.S. are unlikely to encounter Ebola virus or individuals with Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF). However, exposure to the virus or someone with EHF may be more likely in certain sectors, including the healthcare, mortuary/death care, and airline servicing industries. Workers who interact with people, animals, goods, and equipment arriving in the U.S. from foreign countries with current EHF outbreaks are at the greatest risk for exposure.

The following are OSHA’s requirements and recommendations for protecting workers whose work activities are conducted in an environment that is known, or reasonably suspected, to be contaminated with Ebola virus:
  • Employers should follow recognized and generally accepted good infection control practices, and must meet applicable requirements in the Personal Protective Equipment standard (29 CFR 1910.132, general requirements) and the Respiratory Protection standard (29 CFR 1910.134).
  • Use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and good hand hygiene protocols to avoid exposure to infected blood and body fluids, contaminated objects, or other contaminated environmental surfaces.
  • Wear gloves, wash hands with soap and water after removing gloves, and discard used gloves in properly labeled waste containers.
  • Workers tasked with cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated with Ebola virus must be protected from exposure. Click here for OSHA’s Cleaning and Decontamination of Ebola on Surfaces Fact Sheet.

For more information on Ebola control and prevention, visit OSHA's Safety and Health Topics website.


OSHA Reminds Employers About
Training Materials Loan Program

October 13, 2014 - Employers seeking free safety training materials now have a resource to guide them through OSHA's Resource Center Loan Program.

An OSHA fact sheet, issued in September, describes the materials (which include videos and books) as well as how to access and borrow them from the Resource Center.

More than 750 videos are available covering more than 100 safety and health topics, including fall protection, electrical hazards and workplace violence.


NDSC Conference Certificates Available

Certificates of Attendance are available for the NDSC's 2014 Safety & Health Conference. To acquire a copy of your certificate, please contact Serena Schmit at SerenaS@ndsc.org.
 


News You Can Use

 

Contact your elected officials to support federal workplace safety funding

November 21, 2014 - As Congress works to fund the federal government through next September, it is important that members of Congress hear from constituents about the importance of funding federal workplace safety programs.

NIOSH seeks feedback on Total Worker Health program
November 21, 2014 - In an effort to bolster its wellness initiative, known as Total Worker Health, NIOSH has proposed a National Occupational Research Agenda for the program.

OSHA issues scaffold fact sheets
November 21, 2014 - Two new fact sheets from OSHA aim to protect workers who design and erect tube and coupler scaffolds.

OSHA video highlights upcoming changes to reporting requirements
November 21, 2014 - A Nov. 14 video from OSHA details upcoming changes to employers' incident reporting requirements.

NFPA: Firefighter injuries exceeded 65K in 2013
November 21, 2014 - More than 65,000 firefighters were injured in the line of duty in 2013, according to a report from the National Fire Protection Association.

BLS issues corrected injury and illness data
November 21, 2014 - The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Nov. 14 released injury and illness data for 2011 and 2012 to correct previously disclosed data processing errors.

OSHA's confined spaces in construction rule under OMB review
November 21, 2014 - OSHA's final rule on confined spaces in construction is being reviewed by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The review is one of the final steps required before OSHA can formally publish the rule.

 


The North Dakota Safety Council provides safety training and services across the state, including the cities of Bismarck, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston.